This Day in Jewish History American Jewish Feminists Call for Change

On this day in 1972, a group of women demanded equality from the American Conservative movement. Just a decade later, many of their goals were achieved.

On March 14, 1972, a group of Jewish feminists calling themselves “Ezrat Nashim" presented a list of demands related to the status of women to the Rabbinical Assembly of the U.S. Conservative movement. The name Ezrat Nashim refers to the women’s section in Orthodox synagogues, but also literally means “women’s help.” Although most Conservative shuls in America no longer had...